What is the OiRA project?
OiRA – Online interactive Risk Assessment – is a web platform that enables the creation of sectoral risk assessment tools in any language with in an easy and standardised way.
It is developed and maintained by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) and it is based on the successful Dutch Risk Assessment instrument (called RI&E) which now exists in more than 172 sectoral variants, each tailor-made to the needs of its particular sector.
OiRA platform allows to build easy-to-use and cost-free online tools that can help micro and small organisations to put in place a step-by-step risk assessment process – starting with the identification and evaluation of workplace risks, through to the decision making and implementation of preventative actions, to monitoring and reporting.
Why the OiRA project?
Proper risk assessment is the key to healthy workplaces. Yet carrying out risk assessments can be quite challenging, particularly for micro and small enterprises which may lack the resources or the occupational safety and health know-how to do so effectively.
The OiRA project aims to overcome this, as first initiative at EU level to encourage European micro and small-sized enterprises (mainly via Member States and social partners at EU and at Member State level) to assess their risks.
What are OiRA’s objectives?
- At European level:
- To increase the number of micro and small enterprises in Europe assessing and managing their occupational risks
- To contribute (by proper risk assessment) to reducing the number of occupational accidents and diseases and improving working conditions
- To help (by proper risk assessment) enterprises to become more competitive (from cutting costs arising from occupation accidents and illness, reducing rates of sick leave etc)
- At national/sectoral level:
- To put practical OiRA tools at the disposal of micro and small organisations through their websites and promote their use
- To contribute to the national objective of reducing the number of occupational diseases and accidents by putting at the disposal of the enterprises the OiRA tool
- At company level:
- To ensure the health and safety of workers (general duty of employers, enterprises) by applying the OiRA tool at company/at shop floor level thereby putting in place the risk assessment process
- To demystify the process of risk assessment
- To improve working conditions by using the tool to assess their occupational risks, thus improving the performance of the companies